Monday, July 25, 2011

Scott Rothschild's biased article on the Koch brothers, American Legislative Exchange Council

I found liberal activist Scott Rothschild's July 24 hit piece on the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) quite biased. While he painted the Kochs and ALEC as being motivated by ideology, he presented the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Common Cause--two groups critical of the Kochs and ALEC--as "public watchdog groups."

Those familiar with CMD and Common Cause know that both groups have very liberal/progressive agendas. CMD was founded by liberal environmentalist writer and political activist John Stauber. Stauber's books include titles such as Banana Republicans, The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies and the Mess in Iraq, and Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq.

Bob Edgar, a former Democratic congressman, heads Common Cause. Its chairman is Robert Reich, who served as Bill Clinton's Labor Secretary. Reich's anti-conservative views are well-known.

Both CMD and Common Cause have received financial support from the Open Society Institute, headed by liberal financier George Soros. Soros, you may remember, spent nearly $25 million in a failed effort to defeat President Bush in 2004.

Rothschild is the Lawrence Journal-World's "statehouse reporter," which means he is supposed to be engaged in objective reporting. If he cannot report both sides, perhaps the Journal-World should make him an op-ed columnist.

1 comment:

Groenhagen said...

Interesting Newsbusters piece on the Soros-funded effort to smear ALEC. Like Rothschild, the Journal-World's liberal activist posing as a reporter, also neglected to mention the Soros connection.